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County Trustee thanked for job well done

To the Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Wilson County Trustee Jim Major on the job he has done for the past three years he has been in office. He has made Wilson County more than a million dollars in extra revenue by bidding out the county’s checking account and by being aggressive with the certificates of deposit. This was never done before. The extra $100 in tax relief that he got for the elderly will be greatly appreciated by those who qualify. He is certainly to be commended.

Squire: Issue is how to pay for a new LHS

To the Editor:

Why did the Wilson County Commission vote to send the wheel tax to referendum? Unfortunately, nothing in government is as simple as it should be. The option was not to vote for or against a wheel tax.

Billy Joe Hill, 71

LEBANON – Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 7 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Hill, 71, of Smyrna.

A retired sales representative for CAO International and a member of the Church of Christ, he died Oct. 5, 2009 at the StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 12 noon until funeral services at 2:00 p.m. at the Partlow Funeral Chapel. Services will be conducted by Brother Willard Wells and Gena Barbre. Burial follows at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: wife Joyce Hill of Smyrna; children James (Sandra "Dale") Hill of Murfreesboro and Lisa (Raymond) Jones of Smyrna; grandchildren B.J. Smith, George Hill andBeth Hill; great grandchildren: Destiny, Kane and Hunter Smith; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by parents, Jessie Milton and Aleene Smith Baskin Hill.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Nell Ruth Davis Gillespie, 86

MT. JULIET – Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Thursday, October 8 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. Gillespie, 86, of Mt. Juliet. Retired from Genesco and a member of the First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet, she died Oct. 5, 2009.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bond Memorial Chapel. Services will be conducted by Rev. Dixon Gillespie. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: sons Dixon (Judy) Gillespie and Norman Gillespie – both of Mt. Juliet and Don (Linda) Gillespie of Statesville; granddaughters Kim Clemmons and Cathy York; great-grandchildren Joshua Williams, Nicole Williams, Jacob York and Cayleigh York.

She was preceded in death by her husband Riley Dixon Gillespie; parents Virgie and Edgar Davis; siblings Arthur, Gilliam, Smith, Ben Alford Davis, Sophie Lannom and Virginia Davis.

Pallbearers will include: Joshua Williams, Nichole Williams, Jacob York, Cayleigh York, Chuck York and John Clemmons.

Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Eddie Tomlinson

MT. JULIET – Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, October 8 at the Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Tomlinson of Mt. Juliet.

The son of the late Elbert Earl and Cumine Alford Tomlinson and retired after 30 years of employment at the Ford Glass Plant, he died Oct. 5, 2009.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. and Thursday one hour prior to the service. Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars with burial at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: children Mitzi (Tommy) Birdwell and Eddie (Kathy) Tomlinson, brother Horace (Reba) Tomlinson and granddaughter Brooke Chadwick as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. J.C. George and Vance Anderson will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet is in charge of arrangements.

Darrell Eugene Sloan, 38

WATERTOWN – Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, October 8 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Sloan, 38, of Lebanon and formerly of the Statesville Community. A factory worker and a graduate of Watertown High School, he died suddenly Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, Oct. 7 between the hours of 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Thursday prior to the services at Hunter Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted by the Rev. William York with burial at the Jennings Cemetery.

Survivors include: daughter Harley Leigh Ann Sloan of Smithville; father and stepmother Ronnie and Dimple Ann Sloan of Lebanon and mother Diana Scurlock of Smyrna.

Also surviving is sister April Armstrong and her sons Ryan Armstrong and Braden Harrison – all of Lebanon; step-sister Kim Thomas of Lebanon and step-brothers Kevin Thomas of Norene, Keith Thomas and Kirk Thomas – both of Lebanon; grandfather William C. Sloan, Jr., of Antioch; several nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers will include: Kevin, Keith and Kirk Thomas, Ryan Armstrong, Kevin Woodard, Ross Wheeley, Chris Orrand and El-Michael Maynard.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Fannie Lannom Graham, 96

LEBANON — Graveside funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, October 8 at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens for Mrs. Graham, 96, of Lebanon.

A member of the Church of Christ and a homemaker, she died Monday Oct. 5, 2009 in the Lebanon Health & Rehab.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. until the service at Partlow Funeral Chapel. Services will be conducted by Dr. Larry Locke.

Survivors include: siblings Tom Allen Sanders, Hallie Tuggle and Janelle Grimland; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Irving and Carrie Hudson Sanders; husbands Arthur Lannom and Cecil Graham; one brother and four sisters.  Family & friends will serve as pallbearers.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

George H. Moore, 82

LEBANON — Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, October 10 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Moore, 82, of Lebanon.

Born February 22, 1927, in Smith County, to the late George Weaver and Lula Mai Thompson Moore, he died Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, at the University Medical Center.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he graduated from Cumberland University and received his Masters Degree from George Peabody College. Mr. Moore taught history and world geography at Tennessee Preparatory School in Nashville for 28 years. 

Visitation is set Friday, October 9 from 3-8 p.m. and Saturday from 12 Noon until the services at Ligon & Bobo. Services will be conducted by Rev. Don McElroy. Interment will follow at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. 

Survivors include: his wife, whom he married December 21, 1952, Madelyn Martin Moore; and children James H. (Cynthia) Moore of Columbia, Col. Stephen D. (Toni) Moore of Southlake, TX; Martin T. (Helen) Moore of Erin, Georganne (John) W. Smith, David H. Moore and Randall A. Moore — all of Nashville and Scott W. Moore of Atlanta, GA. Also surviving is sister Irene Thompson of Lebanon and seven grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother Cmdr. James Edward Moore of Chesapeake, Virginia.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Frank Worrell, 48

MT. JULIET – Funeral services were held Monday morning, October 5 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Worrell, 48, of LaVergne. He passed away Saturday, October 3, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: wife Tonya Warren Worrell; sons Austin Worrell and Kyle Worrell; brother Horace Worrell and sister Margaret Kebhardt.

Mr. Worrell was preceded in death by parents Felix Worrell and Rebecca Burnett Worrell.

Pallbearers included: Austin Worrell, Kyle Worrell, Richie Sawyer, Jim Reister, Chris Carter and Bill Kannady

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Juanita Cox Flatt, 62

LEBANON – Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, October 6 Tuesday at the Church of God Worship Center, 1007 Hartsville Pike, for Mrs. Flatt, 62, of Lebanon.

A native of Wilson County and the daughter of the late James Rhea Cox and Mary Frances Murray Cox, she died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at the University Medical Center.

Mrs. Flatt was employed by Texas Boot for many years and later worked at Metokote Corp. She was a member of the Church of God Worship Center where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. 

Services were conducted by the Rev. Gordon Lee. Burial followed at Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Survivors include: husband Dillard Flatt; sister Jamie (Lanny) Linnear of Gainesboro and brother Ronnie (Susie) Cox of Alexandria.  She was proceeded in death by brother Eddie Cox.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Douglas Blackburn

GORDONSVILLE – Services have been set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 7 at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes for Mr. Blackburn of the Brush Creek Community.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he died Monday, Oct. 5, 2009 at his residence.

He worked as Supervisor of Maintenance at Cumberland Mental Health Care for 14 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of the New Middleton Baptist Church.

The Blackburn family will receive friends at the Gordonsville Chapel Wednesday from 11 a.m. until service time. Services will be conducted by Brother Mark Stinnett and Brother Ben Gardner. Interment follows at Brush Creek Cemetery.

Survivors include: by his wife of 62 years Mary Katherine Blackburn and children: Kathy (Terry) Vantrease and Larry (Karen) Blackburn — all of Lebanon.

Also surviving are grandsons Jeremy (Missy) Vantrease, Jeffrey (Whitney) Vantrease, Brian (Jennifer) Blackburn and Brad Blackburn; great grandchildren Parker and Jackson Vantrease, Bryson and Carleigh Blackburn; brother Billy (Paulette) Blackburn of New Middleton, sister-in-law Evie Lee Blackburn of Hickman, brother and sister-in-law Joe (Betty) Agee of Temperance Hall along with several nieces and nephews and care giver Ashley Singleton.

Memorial donations may be made to New Middleton Baptist Church Building Fund.

Bass Funeral Homes in charge of arrangements.

Public Works denied help

The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council turned down a request from Commissioner of Public Works Jeff Baines to hire a part-time employee and one full-time employee during the regular meeting on Tuesday night.

Another part-time worker was hired, however.

Public meeting set for new Highway 109 bridge

From Post staff reports

A public meeting will be held from 5 until 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8 to discuss construction of a new bridge over the Cumberland River at the Wilson-Sumner County line on Highway 109.

The meeting will be in the dining room at Gallatin City Hall, 132 West Main Street, Gallatin.

CU Nursing Program announces West Wilson satellite campus plans

Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- Mt. Juliet will be the home of a new Cumberland University nursing program, officials confirmed Tuesday, as the Cumberland Health Career Professional Center will begin offering classes in a Shiloh Plaza location in January.

WPA Day set at Cedars of Lebanon State Park

“Building A Park,” WPA Day will be celebrated Saturday, Oct. 10 at Cedars of Lebanon State Park, and everyone is invited.

The Workers Progress Administration, or WPA, was created in 1935 by President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration to help provide economic relief to the citizens of the United States who were suffering through the Great Depression.

Reward for arrest in horse shooting grows

The Wilson Post

The reward for information on the person or persons responsible for the shooting of a young girl’s horse two weeks ago has now grown.

Chief Larry Bowman with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department said that a man who wishes to remain anonymous, called in and offered $1,000 in addition to the amount given by Wilson County Crime Stoppers.

Murder in Statesville

The Wilson Post

A party reportedly got out of hand late Saturday night in Statesville and one man was shot and killed.  Darrell “Crow” Sloan, 38, of Lebanon, was ruled dead on the scene and a preliminary autopsy found his death to be from multiple shotgun wounds at close range.

Bethel 13, CU 3


McKENZIE -- Key injuries and lack of offensive execution stymied Cumberland in Saturday’s 13-3 road loss at Bethel University.

The Bulldogs fell to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the Western Division of the Mid-South Counference. Bethel, playing for the first time this season at Wildcat Stadium, improved to 1-4 and 1-0 in the MSC West.

Coach Dewayne Alexander’s squad found itself somewhat limited offensively with starting quarterback Curt Bureau sidelined with an injured shoulder. The offensive woes began to multiply when leading rusher Travis Carter suffered a high ankle sprain early in the first half.

"We had a ‘Wildcat’ package with Travis taking direct snaps from center, but we had to throw all that out once he went down," Alexander said.

The Bulldogs gained just 48 yards in the second half and finished with 181 total yards in the contest.

The CU defense held Bethel to 313 total yards, but the Wildcats put together two scoring drives in the second half, both double-digit plays that resulted in a field goal and a touchdown.

Bethel’s Josh Boyd rushed 33 times for 143 yards and one touchdown, a five-yard score with less than two minutes remaining that put the game away for the Wildcats

Bethel ran 51 times in the contest for 224 yards.

"It’s not a lack of effort, it’s a lack of execution," Alexander said. "In these close games -- we’re just not making the plays we need at the right time. We’re going to keep fighting, keep working."

Da’Juan Manning led CU with 32 yards rushing on 11 carries, Mitch McChurch added 30 on six attempts and Carter gained 15 yards on five tries before exiting.

Freshman Chris Burnett finished 12-of-26 passing for 100 yards. He was sacked once. Tightend Mitch Reyonolds caught four balls for 41 yards and Mike Moore had two receptions for 23.

Linebacker Todd Holman led the Bulldog defense with 15 tackles, while Ben Miller was in on 10. Stephon Ransom had eight tackles and returned a Bethel fumble some 31 yards.

Cumberland hosts Faulkner Univ. Saturday, Oct. 10 at 1:30 p.m. for Homecoming at Lindsey Donnell Stadium.

MJ Bears fly high at 6-0

MT. JULIET -- Taking advantage of several early-game miscues Mt. Juliet piled up a 52-13 win over Lebanon Friday night in a District 9AAA contest.

The win vaults Coach Roger Perry's squad to 6-0 overall / 3-0 in league play headed into a Thursday night TV game at home next week vs. Wilson Central. Lebanon slid to 4-3 / 2-2 in the district with the loss and will entertain Beech Friday, Oct. 9.

MJ quarterback Reed Gurchiek rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another, going 7-of-8 passing for 111 yards and shining in the two-minute drill just before intermission. He ran eight times for 61 yards.

Lebanon's Jordan Stafford ran 25 times for 92 yards, QB Patrick Maynard completed 7-of-17 passes for 90 yards with TD passes going to Phillip Vance and Kelan Rhodes.

The Blue Devils turned the ball over twice on fumbles, twice on interceptions, had a punt blocked and failed to handle a couple of MJ kickoffs cleanly.



Holycross leads Tiger romp


WATERTOWN -- Tailback Dylan Holycross racked up over 300 yards in total offense and scored four touchdowns to lead Watertown past Clay County 44-0 Friday at Robinson Stadium.

Holycross scored TDs on runs of 54, 5, 93 and 60 yards as he finished the night with 14 carries for 249 yards. He also caught one pass for 52 yards.

Leading 18-0 at intermission, the Purple Tigers put the game out of reach with a 20-point outburst in the third period. All told, Watertown racked up almost 500 yards in total offense.

The win was the fifth in a row for Watertown since a season-opening loss. Coach Gavin Webster's team improves to 5-1 overall / 4-0 in Region 4A play headed into an Oct. 9 game vs. arch-rival Friendship Christian School. Clay County fell to 3-3 on the season.

Mt. Juliet Christian Academy (0-6) was idle Friday night. The Saints will host Knox Webb Oct. 9 at Suey Field on the MJCA campus.

Wildcats shine in OT loss


GLADEVILLE -- Winless Wilson Central battled for 48 minutes -- and then some -- Friday in a heartbreaking 3-0 overtime loss to District 9AAA rival Hendersonville.

Richie Reichenberger's 27-yard field goal in overtime allowed the Commandos (4-2 / 2-1) to escape with the win over the Wildcats who fell to 0-7 on the season.

Tied 0-0 at the end of regulation, Wilson Central fumbled on its first play of overtime. Hendersonville recovered and promptly kicked the field goal for the victory.

The Wildcats will play at Mt. Juliet Thursday in a game to be televised on UPN 30. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

'Jackets runs past FCS 23-7


HARTSVILLE -- Friendship Christian was handed a 23-7 loss Friday by a physical Trousdale County team at John Kerr Field in a Region 4A clash.

The Commanders only enjoyed their number one ranking in the state for a few days dropping their first game of the year to stand at 6-1.

FCS failed to sustain offensive drives and allowed the Yellow Jackets too many opportunities early that cost them a shot at the lead and more importantly -- momentum.

University Singers, Cumberland Chorale in concert

Singers head to Italy next week for international festival

The University Singers and Cumberland Chorale will present their annual fall concert in Baird Chapel on the Cumberland University campus on Monday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.

Both choirs will sing a variety of musical styles including spirituals, gospel, classical and folk music, as well as works of modern American composers.

What kind of winter will we have?


It’s that time of year to start speculating on our winter. Just by odds it seems that a particularly cold and messy one should be on the way. Our last few winters have not given us a good snowfall or even freezing conditions for more than a night’s temperature drop. I’m not sure that the pesky insects have been thinned out one iota during these mild winters.

Sign critical of President ruins visitors trip to Lebanon

To the Editor:

When visiting your city on Sept. 25 I had the pleasure of touring downtown and watching a homecoming parade. It was a completely enjoyable experience until I was leaving town by way of Murfreesboro Highway. At an intersection near Southside Elementary School there was a sign that can only be described as detrimental to the welfare of our great nation.


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